It is an exciting time to be a tennis fan in Canada and it is about to get a whole lot better. This past weekend in Memphis, we had Canadians in the men’s, ladies and doubles final. Daniel Nestor added a 72nd career doubles title to go along with his 6 Grand Slam trophies and 2000 Olympic Gold Medal. On the woman’s side, Rebecca Marino made her first career final before withdrawing due to injury after the first set. With the finals appearance, she is now the #60 ranked woman in the world.
The majority of the buzz over the weekend was reserved for 20 year old Thornhill, Ontario native, Milos Raonic, who lost a three set thriller against Andy Roddick. Widely acknowledged as the best match of the year, it probably ranks somewhere in the top 5 matches I have ever watched. A large part of what made it fascinating was the fact I was watching a Canadian play tennis as well as anyone in our country ever has.
He should have wilted from the pressure and the fatigue multiple times. He finally did appear to run out of gas in the third set, going down 4-1 and in danger of being broken for 5-1. With a smirk that oozed confidence, he held serve before breaking Roddick to get back on serve. A couple of loose shots at 5-6, followed by one of the greatest tennis shots ever, and Roddick was the champion. Continue reading